The airplane that briefly became the Piper Sport becomes itself again. Five reasons why that’s a very good thing.
Introduced just over a decade ago, the Czech Sport Aircraft Sport Cruiser is one of the most popular Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) on the market. With more than 600 operating worldwide and more than 300 in the United States alone, the two-seater continues to impress pilots and to get better. I’d heard good things about more »
The first hybrid propulsion experiments have already taken flight, and capabilities are scaling up rapidly
My father’s dreams of flight were powered by avgas. Lots and lots of it. For his generation, big, radial Wright Cyclone engines and Rolls-Royce Merlin V-12s were the ticket skyward—transforming about 100 gallons an hour into 300 knots or more of speed and an instantly recognizable percussion that those in any nearby zip codes would more »
Will battery-powered planes democratize aerobatics? Sure looks like it.
Raron, Switzerland: This little Alpine village, also the final resting place of the celebrated poet Rainer Maria Rilke, is tucked away in the Canton of Valais. Here, you can almost hear him polishing his lines: “To write a single verse, you must first see many towns, people and things; you need to know the animals, more »
From amphibians to trainers, there's an LSA for everyone.
Since the debut of the Light Sport category more than a decade ago, the segment has grown into one that has proven its promise of opening up manufacturing to many, many more companies by the common-sense easing of certification standards for light and modest-performing models. The real surprise to many has been the incredible variety more »
Base Price: $75,000 (depends on builder choices) Seats: 2 Main Construction: Metal Engine/Hp: Variable/80 -140 hp; Specs for Continental O-200-A/100 hp Propeller: Variable with engine selection Avionics: Dynon SkyView Top Cruise Speed: 87 kts Stall, Landing Configurations: 30 kts Maximum Range: 383 nm (no reserve) Maximum Takeoff Weight: 1,320 lbs. Payload: 401 lbs. (full fuel) more »
Newcomers, upgrades, and old favorites: 20 piston singles for 2017.
New to this year’s Plane & Pilot Buyer’s Guide are a couple of airplanes that are major updates of existing singles, as well as an all-new, newly Part 23-certificated model by CubCrafters. The product that continues to dominate the market is the Cirrus SR22 G6, which this year boasts its best panel yet, the updated more »
Base Price: $369,000 Seats: 2 Main Construction: Composite Engine/Hp: Rotax 914 F2/S1 Turbo/115 hp Propeller: Stemme 11AP-V, 2-blade, folding, 64” diameter Avionics: Non-integrated, Garmin GPS Top Cruise Speed: 140 kts Maximum Range: 950 nm Maximum Takeoff Weight: 1,984 lbs. Payload: 451 lbs. (maximum) Check out the S12 and other fantastic single-engine airplanes in our latest Piston more »
Base Price: $170,200 Seats: 4-5 Main Construction: Steel tubular frame with fabric, metal wings Engine/Hp: Lycoming O-540-B4B5/235 hp Propeller: Hartzell or McCauley, 2- or 3-blade, 76”-81” diameter Avionics: Non-integrated analog six-pack, Garmin aera 660 Top Cruise Speed: 138 kts Stall, Landing Configuration: 35 kts Maximum Range: 800 nm Maximum Takeoff Weight: 2,500 lbs. Payload: 490 lbs. (full more »